For one energetic three-year-old, there are countless reasons to love his new big boy bed. There’s room now for Teddy to sleep with him, and his painted clay lizard, and Hippo. He can go under the bed and pretend to be a dog and scare his cat, Whiskers. Best of all, he can get out of his bed any time he wants—as long as his parents don’t hear him! Written with warmth and humor, this story captures the feelings surrounding a rite of passage that every child experiences. Eve Bunting’s simple, reassuring text and Maggie Smith’s bright, lively illustrations are just right for beginning readers and listeners.
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Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.
PreSchool-In this upbeat tale, Donny bids good-bye to his crib and moves into his new sleeping quarters. He familiarizes himself with his "big boy bed" by jumping on it, playing under it, and decorating it with his stuffed animals and blankie. Now he can get up whenever he wants to, and during the night, he tiptoes across the room to say good night to the current inhabitant of the crib, his new baby brother. Bunting's uncomplicated text hits the spot with its careful focus on ideas familiar to toddlers and its quiet, almost lyrical language. Done in cool shades of teal, lavender, and yellow, Smith's watercolor illustrations reflect the simplicity of the story. The open facial expressions and relaxed body language of the characters reinforce the book's positive tone. A worthwhile addition on a popular topic that will ring true with young listeners.
Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA
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